Paul Taylor, a student in the Master of Criminal Justice program who will graduate in May 2015, will pursue a Ph.D. in criminal justice at SUNY Albany beginning this fall. His research interests lie in police use-of-force and the effects of deadly force encounters on police culture.
“From my first encounter with Paul as an undergraduate student in one of my classes I knew he had a great deal of academic talent – his writing was incredibly developed and mature,” said Angela Gover, SPA professor and director of the undergraduate program in criminal justice. “SUNY Albany has one of the top-ranked doctoral programs in criminology in the country — I had no doubt that Paul would land at a top school with a terrific assistantship deal. I anticipate that Paul will be very successful in his endeavors as a Ph.D. student.”
Paul is currently a sergeant with the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department where he has also served as a patrol officer, a field training officer, a patrol sergeant and, most recently, as the department’s training manager. He helped found the department’s Peer Support Team and completely revamped the department’s field training program. He is a police use-of-force subject matter expert and a certified police use-of-force and arrest control instructor.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from SPA in 2014. He served as the secretary/treasurer for the Kappa Xi Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and was selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student for his graduating class.
He has more than 10 years of law enforcement and physical security experience. Paul started his career as an enlisted sailor in the United States Navy where he worked as a Naval Law Enforcement Officer stationed in Naples, Italy, and San Diego, Calif. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, he was hired by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department headquartered in Riverside, Calif., where he graduated at the top of his class from the Ben Clark Law Enforcement Training Center and worked as a patrol deputy out of the Southwest Station.
Paul lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Jessica and three-year-old son Jack. They are expecting a little girl to join them in April.
Congratulations, Paul, and all the best to you and your family!